The revenge of the Jinns: spirits, Salafi reform, and the continuity in change in contemporary Ethiopia

  title={The revenge of the Jinns: spirits, Salafi reform, and the continuity in change in contemporary Ethiopia},
  author={Terje {\O}steb{\o}},
  journal={Contemporary Islam},
The point of departure for this article is a story about jinns taking revenge upon people who have abandoned earlier religious practices. It is a powerful account of their attempt to free themselves from a past viewed as inhabited by evil forces and about the encounter between contemporary Salafi reformism and a presumed disappearing religious universe. It serves to prove how a novel version of Islam has superseded former practices; delegitimized and categorized as belonging to the past. The… 

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